Raytheon has been awarded a $16.2 million contract from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Systems Command in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research to design and demonstrate an Affordable Ground Based Radar (AGBR) Advanced Development Model (ADM).
According to Raytheon, the AGBR ADM is a concept development platform for the emergent Multi Role Radar System (MRRS); a highly mobile radar system designed to provide the USMC early entry air surveillance capabilities ashore during operational manoeuvre from the sea.
Deployed on two High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), the MRRS is an active array rotator, which provides generation skipping performance to deliver over 25 years of active service life.
The USMC objective for MRRS is to replace the AN/TPS-63, AN/TPS-73 and the AN/MPQ-62 for the missions of air traffic control, tactical air operations and short range air defence as well as providing three dimensional radar coverage in those areas out of the view of the AN/TPS-59 (V)3 radar.
The AGBR ADM will be used to validate the feasibility of incorporating technology that meets MRRS requirements.